06 Aug

The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival

This is it, the beer event of the season is almost upon us and I could not be more excited! This Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 7pm, Roundhouse Park will be home to dozens of craft breweries from around Ontario plus some of the most scrumptious eats around. Tickets are still available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door and, if you love craft beer, you should really be there.

Breweries 

Sure to be pouring a great selection of unusual treats, many of Ontario’s best craft brewers are making an appearance including:

  • Steam Whistle Brewing
  • Muskoka Brewery
  • Mill Street Brewery
  • Flying Monkeys Brewery
  • Underdog’s Brewhouse
  • Niagara College
  • Great Lakes Brewery
  • Wellington Brewery
  • Beau’s Brewing
  • Black Oak Brewing
  • King Brewery
  • Cameron’s Brewing
  • Amsterdam Brewery
  • Block Three Brewing Co.
  • Side Launch Brewing

  • The Publican House
  • Left Field Brewery
  • Highlander Brew Co.
  • Sawdust City Brewing
  • Barley Days Brewery
  • Nickel Brook Brewery
  • The Trafalgar Club
  • Church-Key Brewing
  • Brimstone Brewing Company
  • Collingwood Brewery
  • Oast House Brewers
  • Railway City Brewing
  • Big Rig Brewery
  • Lake of Bays Brewing
  • Maclean’s Ales

Food Trucks 

The Toronto Food Truck scene has really gotten impressive in the past few years as more and more talented chefs take to the streets to find their fans. This year’s festival is featuring some of the best trucks around and is sure to have something tasty and exciting for almost anyone:

  • Sugar Mamma’s
  • Gorilla Cheese
  • Junked Food Co.
  • BUNZ Urban Cuisine
  • feasTO

  • Rome’ N Chariot
  • Dobro Jesti
  • Bombero’s Gourmet Nachos
  • Canuck Pizza Truck
  • Chimney Stax

I’ll be there all day Sunday pouring beer for GLB so come say hi and try something tasty!

09 Jul

Because Beer! (+ more)

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you’re in luck! This Friday and Saturday, Hamilton is hosting it’s second annual Because Beer festival. Proof that the growth of Ontario craft beer cannot be stopped, this festival promises great beer and food from local vendors. For something more TTC-accessible, why not check out the Junction Night Market Saturday night?

Great Lakes Brewery will be present at both, along with a fantastic selection of fellow Ontario breweries, and I will be working Friday in Hamilton and Saturday in Toronto. Hope to see you there!

 

Because Beer Craft Beer Festival

Because Beer

Location: Pier 4 Park, Hamilton ON (map)
Date: 
Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11
Times: 3-11pm | 2-11pm

Advance tickets:
Friday/Saturday = $29.95
Weekend pass = $49.95

Tickets will also be available at the gate for $35 for a single day or $60 for the weekend pass.

Featuring over 30 different Ontario breweries, 11 fantastic local food trucks, a Homebrewer Competition, and brewmasters from several breweries on hand to talk about their brewing process and cask ales, Because Beer promises to be a great experience for everyone whether you are a casual drinker or a craft beer aficionado! Saturday even includes live Homebrewing demonstrations to help audience members learn about the brewing process, beer styles, ingredients, and equipment.

SOBDL Road Trip

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Location: Burdock Brewpub
1184 Bloor St W (map)

Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 11am – 9:30pm

tickets ($65)

If the festival is tempting you but you have no way of getting there from Toronto, or if you just want to enjoy the trip with some fellow beer-drinking ladies, head on over to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies website to snag yourself a ticket for next weekend’s road trip!  Your ticket doesn’t just get you to and from the festival, it also includes some special SOBDL perks you won’t want to miss out on including:

  • A guided tour of the new Burdock Brewery with beer samples;
  • An exclusive SOBDL cask hidden somewhere at the festival;
  • Snacks on board the bus;
  • Your Because Beer ticket, mug, and 4 drink tokens; and
  • A morning after gift bag.

I am working two shifts that day and will not be able to go but I am sure it will be a great time and an excellent way to spend your Saturday!

Junction Night Market

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Location: Junction Farmer’s Market (map)
Date: Saturday, July 11
Time:  7-11pm

Free Entry
Wine, Beer, Cider & Food $5 each 

With dozens of local food, wine, cider, and beer vendors, the Junction Night Market is an annual event dedicated to raising money for the Junction Farmers Market voucher program in partnership with the Four Villages Community Health Centre. Vendors this year include:

  • Cookie Martinez
  • Delight
  • Farmhouse Tavern
  • Great Lakes Brewery
  • High Park Brewery
  • Hogtown Charcuterie
  • Junction Craft Brewery
  • Longslice Brewery
  • Mo’Rockin’
  • and lots more!
02 Jul

Belle Epoque Beer Review

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This 10th Anniversary Ale was interesting but not to my taste

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 10%        IBU: 72

On one of my few trips to the LCBO recently – I have predominantly been visiting my favourite local breweries for the past few months – I noticed a new boxed brew from Flying Monkeys.

Just in time for their 10th anniversary, Flying Monkeys released this new Imperial Belgian IPA. Hopped with Citra and Glacier hops, it is a unique brew well-suited to celebrating a unique brewery.

Track this one down if you’re curious, I doubt it will be around forever!

Announcement: 

Before heading on down to read the rest of this review, please note that the Drunk Kitten will be posting on a reduced schedule for the summer. With so many beer events going on, it’s been difficult to maintain two posts a week (despite drinking a large number of new brews – I am just shy of 500 unique brews on Untappd!) Expect a new beer review each Thursday with sporadic updates about the huge number of beer events you should check out over the next several months.

 

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18 Jun

Jester’s Gone Craft!

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Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: 4pm-7pm
Address: 1427 Yonge Street (map)

Tomorrow, Jester’s Pub is celebrating it’s switch over to the light side!

Now pouring local craft beer for all you thirsty people north of Bloor, they have invited Beau’s Nickle Brook, Black Oak, and GLB to help them celebrate!

The party includes lots of delicious beer, some special new menu items, and OCB week giveaways! Don’t miss out, head on over to the Jester tomorrow between 4 and 7 and grab a beer from your favourite beer-drinking cat herder!

15 Jun

Beach, BBQ & Brews Festival

Beach BBQ Brews FestThis weekend, amidst a huge variety of Ontario Craft Beer Week events all across the province, another annual tradition returns to Toronto: The Beach, BBQ, and Brews Festival is held every year on Father’s Day weekend and boasts fun for the whole family! This free event features great BBQ food, a children’s play area with rides, live music, grilling demonstrations, BBQ competitions, and, of course, local craft beer! A community favourite, Great Lakes Brewery is participating again this year and I am looking forward to pouring some beer, enjoying some BBQ, and relishing the lovely June weather we are sure to have all weekend long! If you are looking for something to do, why not bring dad out to a day of delicious grilled food and cold suds? Hope to see you there!

11 Jun

Bevy 0017 Tickets on sale Tomorrow

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The party well underway at Rainhard Brewing

If you are a lady who loves good beer and you haven’t done so yet, you should get yourself over to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies website and sign up for their mailing list. That way you will have advance notice of things like tickets going on sale and new merchandise delivered right to your inbox. If you have never been to a Bevy before, take my word for it: it’s a wholly worthwhile way to spend a Friday night.

With great food provided by a variety of local food trucks and restaurants and fantastic beer from new and old brewers around Ontario, it is a great place to try something new. Even the venues are sometimes new and exciting spots well worth checking out. In fact, just last month at Bevy 0016 we enjoyed some delicious pints from the brand new Rainhard Brewing, right in their junction brewery and event space. The newest addition to the Toronto beer scene, Rainhard is already pumping out a variety of stellar brews and we got to try them before most!

Next month is sure to be another great party in another great albeit secret venue. If the idea of purchasing a ticket for something without knowing where it is gives you pause, do not fret: every venue is located somewhere within the city and is totally TTC accessible even if they are a little off the beaten path. For me, that’s half the fun! Toronto is a huge city with tons of great establishments and it would be hard to see them all without a little help!

If this sounds like something you would enjoy, watch Twitter and/or Facebook tomorrow for the release of tickets for this month’s event. They typically go on sale at 11am on the second Friday of each month and they often sell out fast. Hope to see you there!

08 Jun

Recidivist Beer Review

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This highly unique barleywine was a special treat

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
ABV: 10       IBU: N/A

Having seen this barleywine listed for several weeks on the beer menu at the Brewhouse, my husband was quite disappointed to suddenly find that it had sold out in less than a week between his visits. Taking to Twitter to express his disappointment, he was informed that there were a few bottles left, and promised that they would let him know when it was back in stock.

Well, we got the good news last week: not only was it back (in limited supply) but Heather had put aside a special bottle just for us to take home. Thank you, Heather! This delicious, honeyed barleywine was a very special treat I am glad I got the chance to try.

 

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04 Jun

Craft Beer Passport 2015

In a couple of hours a very exciting event is going down at the Revival Bar: the Craft Beer Passport Launch Party! With a delicious beer list curated by the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies and including beer from six Ontario breweries (Underdogs, Junction, Kensington, Black Oak, Hogtown & GLB) it is sure to be an evening of great beer and good tunes. But even if you can’t make it out tonight, don’t despair because this party is just the beginning.

What is the Craft Beer Passport?

Last year the Craft Beer Passport brought hundreds of craft beer drinkers from around the city out into strange and exciting bars to try a variety of delicious new brews. This year, they return with another fantastic line-up including some returnees and several new establishments.

Simply put, the passport is a package deal that entitles you to extremely cheap ($2) 12 oz beers at 20 bars all around the city. The passport itself costs $20 making each drink only $3, a solid deal. And it gives you a great excuse to get out and see more of this fantastic city we live in (or near). I admit I am pretty bad at leaving my cozy, beer-friendly corner of the city to explore other areas so this passport is just what I need!

Below you will find a map of the 20 bars and restaurants participating in this year’s passport.

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Map of the 20 bars participating in this year’s Craft Beer Passport

Brooklyn Tavern

Brooklyn Tavern 🍺

1097 Queen St. E

416-901-1177

@BklynTavernTO

3030 dundaswest

3030 🍺

3030 Dundas St. W

416-769-5736

@3030DundasWest

Duggans

Duggan’s Brewery 🍺

1346 Queen St. W

416-588-1086

@duggansbrewer

Handlebar

Handlebar 🍺

159 Augusta Ave.

647-748-7433

@Handlebar_TO

Rainhard Brewing

Rainhard Brewing Co.

108-100 Symes Rd.

416-526-7755

@RainhardBrewing

Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm 🍺

512 Queen St. W

416-504-2334

@tequilabookworm

wise bar

Wise Bar 🍺

1007 Bloor St. W

416-519-3139

@WiseBarToronto

Monarch Tavern

Monarch Tavern 🍺

12 Clinton St.

416-531-5833

@MonarchTavern

Castros Lounge

Castro’s Lounge 🍺

2116 Queen St. E

416-699-8272

@CastrosLounge

The Four Seven

The Four Seven 🍺

1211 Bloor St. W

647-348-4500

@the47TO

The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis 🍺

1280 Dundas St. W

416-792-8472

@TheDockEllis

Morgans

Morgan’s On The Danforth 🍺

1282 Danforth Ave.

416-461-3020

@MorgansOnTheDan

Sarahs Cafe Bar

Sarah’s Cafe 🍺

1426 Danforth Ave.

416-406-3121

@SarahsCafeBeer

Junction Craft Brewing

Junction Brewery 🍺

101-90 Cawrtha Ave.

416-766-1616

@JUNCTION_CRAFT

The Gaslight

The Gaslight

1426 Bloor St. W

647-402-9728

@TheGaslightTO

Snakes & Lattes

Snakes & Lagers*

488 College St.

647-342-9229

@SnakesandLattes

The Borough

The Borough 🍺

1352 Danforth Ave.

416-901-1429

@TheBoroughEY

The Craft Brasserie & Grill

The Craft Brasserie & Grille

107 Atlantic Ave.

416-535-2337

@TheCraftLiberty

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas🍺

31 Mercer St.

416-979-0131

@OddThomasBar

The Grover

The Grover Pub 🍺

676 Kingston Rd.

416-691-9200

@TheGroverPub

01 Jun

Hypnopompa Beer Review

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This stylish bottle holds a delicious secret

Brewery: Omnipollo
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 11%       IBU: N/A

While enjoying a delicious dinner at Mugshot Tavern, one of our many local options, I noticed an interesting name at the bottom of the bottles list:

omni pollo hypno pompa

At $15 for a 330mL bottle of 11% imperial stout, we decided to share it and our expectations were understandably high.

And not disappointed.

The one caveat I will add to is that we should have ordered it earlier in the evening so it could sit and warm up a bit. In the end we spent awhile sitting with the brandy snifters between our palms waiting for the beer to  reach the right temperature. It was certainly worth the wait.

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